Bob Woodward Says US Is in ‘Dire’ Governing Crisis: ‘Most Unsteady Hands We’ve Had in the American Presidency’
Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Fear Bob Woodward spoke about the “constitutional confrontation” that is now being waged over the Mueller report as well as the revelations about President Donald Trump‘s taxes.
Referring to the House holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt, Cooper asked, “This standoff between the executive and the legislative branch, Chairman Nadler calls it a constitutional crisis. Is that hyperbole?”
“I think it’s a constitutional confrontation. I don’t think it’s yet a crisis,” Woodward replied. “And this is going to go into the courts and this could take months or a year or more. And what I think is interesting, perhaps, to look at is what’s the impact on a factory worker or a farmer in the midwest, as they look at all of this? It’s process, it’s legalistic.”
He then said the more resonating thing was actually the New York Times’ report on Trump’s taxes.
“Here we have Trump not paying taxes for years,” he said,
He continued on: “And losing $1 billion, this man, who presented himself as so successful. And then Trump’s response is, well, I was in the real estate business, so avoiding taxes is sport. And somebody’s going to look at that who’s been paying thousands of dollars in taxes, who’s this worker, the traditional base for Trump and I think they’re going to be uncomfortable. I think they’re going to say, hey, wait a minute, what’s going on here?”
The author of Fear then stressed the real crisis is what he called a “governing crisis” due to Trump’s poor leadership.
“All these balls in the air,” he said. “And they are being juggled by perhaps the most unsteady hands we’ve had in the American presidency, ever.”
He then said given what is happening in North Korea, the trade war with China and other issues making the news, “This is a dire situation.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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